12 Feb 2019 --- For women in resource-poor settings, taking a daily nutritional supplement before conception or in early pregnancy may provide enough of a boost to improve growth of the fetus, according to a study funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). Maternal under-nutrition in low-income countries has repeatedly been linked to negative outcomes for their children, such as chronic nutritional deprivation. However, a further study published in BMC Nutrition highlights how many barriers remain in accessing women in more impoverished and rural areas to provide adequate nutritional interventions.
22 Jan 2019 --- Nestlé has inaugurated its first Research and Development Centre in Ireland at its existing manufacturing facility in Limerick, marking the completion of a three-year building program with a capital investment of €27 million (US$30.65 million). The new R&D center will focus on scientific research to support innovations in the development of milk-based maternal and infant nutrition products for the global market.
18 Dec 2018 --- Vinh Hoan, supplier of pangasius and marine collagen peptides, has documented substantial improvements in skin health and appearance in study participants treated with 10g a day of Vinh Wellness Collagen. The Vietnamese company supplies the “next generation” of freshwater collagen, sourced from tropical, food-grade freshwater fish. As consumers increasingly seek skin health products that work “from within,” those concerned with the aging process’ impact on skin, such as wrinkles, may be drawn to collagen supplementation.
17 Dec 2018 --- A multi-sectoral approach that goes through the schooling system is key to reducing iron deficiency in girls, according to a project trialed in Indonesia and published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Seeking to implement a successful program that would be scalable in other geographic regions, the team began a project in West Java, Indonesia, which followed the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation of weekly iron-folic acid supplementation (WIFAS) to reduce anemia in adolescents aged 10-19 years and women of reproductive age.
12 Nov 2018 --- Women who were fed soy-based formula milk when they were babies have an increased risk of suffering from severe pain during their menstrual bleeds, according to the latest study to investigate the link.
08 Nov 2018 --- General statements concerning human health and nutrition are being swept aside to make room for more personalized considerations, advice and approaches. Lifestyle, age and gender are all differentiations that can spawn different health recommendations, and consumers are increasingly seeking such information. Lallemand is seeking to tap into this space by offering health solutions specifically for women, utilizing formulations with probiotics from the Lactobacillus species.
08 Oct 2018 --- The benefits of Russian tarragon and bitter melon supplements may be sex-dependent, according to a study that identified that Russian tarragon supplements may lead healthy women to gain weight. The study's findings are important because women who are normal weight and generally in good health account for a large portion of the population that takes dietary supplements, according to the researchers.
03 Oct 2018 --- Like the gut, the breast gland has a microbiome, and it too can be affected by diet, according to new research by scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine. According to the researchers, shifting the breast microbiome through diet may offer a new approach to preventing breast cancer or at least reducing the risk.
25 Sep 2018 --- Ocean Spray is unleashing the unique health benefits of the cranberry in a soft chew form with their new Cranberry +health Cranberry Supplements, which is just being launched in the US. The healthy goodness of the cranberry and its power to help maintain urinary tract health have been well documented throughout the years.
24 Sep 2018 --- A new report by Cancer Research UK has put forward that obesity will overtake smoking as the biggest preventable cause of cancer among UK women in 25 years’ time. According to the report, by 2035, 10 percent of cancers in women (around 25,000 cases) could be caused by smoking and 9 percent (around 23,000 cases) by excess weight. If trends continue as projected, excess weight could cause even more cases of cancer than smoking in women by 2043.
24 Sep 2018 --- With proper nutritional guidance and technological tools, it is safe and feasible to restrict weight gain in obese pregnant women, a Northwestern Medicine study has found. The “novel” study, coined MOMFIT (Maternal Offspring Metabolics: Family Intervention Trial), was the first of its kind to include a commercially available smartphone app in the weight-loss approach, according to the research team.
20 Sep 2018 --- A high gluten intake by mothers during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of their child developing Type 1 diabetes, a study published in The BMJ suggests.
13 Aug 2018 --- The micronutrient intake of women in their childbearing years, as well as young people in general, fall short in key micronutrients such as magnesium and selenium. UK researchers note that improvements in dietary quality are needed in young adulthood and mid-life. Alongside this, fortification and supplementation strategies may be considered to help adults achieve dietary targets at this life-stage when they should be at their “nutritional prime.”
08 Aug 2018 --- Osteoporosis, decreased physical activity and weight gain are serious health concerns for postmenopausal women. Researchers from the University of Missouri now have discovered through a new animal study that soy protein found in food might counter the negative effects of menopause on bone and metabolic health. Moreover, the researchers believe that soy protein might also have positive impacts on bone strength for women who have not yet reached menopause.
01 Aug 2018 --- Gender roles are undoubtedly shifting, with recent headlines being heavy on gender-neutral rhetoric. But what effect does this have on the nutritional foods space, where consumers drive NPD and marketing as much as in any other industry? As consumers become more interested in personalized nutrition, does gender matter?
25 Jul 2018 --- Combining an OTC dosage of iron combined with the product Regular Girl, a premium blend of soluble fiber plus probiotics, may significantly improve iron uptake with no known side effects, a new Marywood University study has shown. Iron deficiency affects approximately 30 percent of female athletes.
06 Jul 2018 --- French dairy cooperative Laïta is launching a new B2B division focused on nutrition and health coined ESI Nutrition. The nutrition division will specialize in the development, industrialization, and manufacturing of pre-packaged, high-end nutritional products and will roll out worldwide.
05 Jul 2018 --- One in three pregnant women in Norway has a vitamin D deficiency by the end of her pregnancy, a study published in PLOS One has shown. This number spikes in Norway’s dark winter months, which often do not provide enough sunlight for the sunshine vitamin to form, leading to rates of vitamin D deficient pregnant women reaching 50 percent. The study, which included 855 pregnant Norwegian women, highlights how many women are not taking government advice on vitamin D supplementation and calls for further action.
22 Jun 2018 --- Danone Early Life Nutrition has revamped both of its baby food brands, Cow & Gate and Aptamil. Cow & Gate is launching fifteen new food recipes across the pouch, cereal, jar and tray product ranges, as well as a complete packaging re-brand across its entire formula milk and food portfolio. Starting from mid-June, the changes will be the “biggest the brand has ever undergone.” Aptamil is also launching a new patented next-generation powder formulation and a complete packaging refresh across its entire range.
07 Jun 2018 --- Despite high awareness of the importance of nutrition for new and expectant mothers and infants, there is very low understanding of the actual benefits of dietary supplements, pointing to a clear role for industry to offer guidance and support. This is according to Isobel Smyth, Managing Partner at The Leading Edge, who spoke during the Passionate About Kids’ Nutrition event hosted by DSM in Amsterdam yesterday.